Gratitude is associated with greater happiness. It is easy to be grateful when everything is going well in our lives, some people will say. But, the challenge is being thankful no matter how good or bad experiences you are dealing with. Expressing our appreciation towards everything will change our perception of the situation towards something more positive.
The word gratitude is derived from the Latin word gratia, which means grace, graciousness, or gratefulness (depending on the context). Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what an individual receives, whether tangible or intangible. With gratitude, we acknowledge the goodness in their lives.
Here are some ways to help you cultivate gratitude:
- Count your blessings
Reflecting about all the good you have right now and you are grateful for. Sometimes some bad expenses can lead us to good experiences. You can also include the experiences that were not that good, but if it changes you in a good way it can maybe count as a blessing. Counting your blessing every day will help you to realize how blessed you are.
- Write a thank-you note.
Expressing in person or a letter your appreciation of that person that creates an impact on your life creates a stronger relationship. Also, writing one for yourself can make yourself happier
- Keep a gratitude journal. Make it a habit to write down or share with a loved one thoughts about the gifts you've received each day.
- Pray. No matter what religion you preach, a prayer helps to cultivate gratitude.
- Meditate. Mindfulness meditation involves focusing on the present moment without judgment.
Gratitude is a way to appreciate what you have instead of always reaching for something new in the hopes it will make you happier. Gratitude helps people refocus on what they have instead of what they lack. Being grateful is good for you. It helps you to be more positive, improve your relationship with others, and also improve your health.
Letizia & Silvia Romero
Identical twin sisters CBD Entrepreneurs, Authors, Health & Wellness Advocates, and Yoga & Ayurveda lovers.